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2016: A Great Year for NYC Schools

With 2016 coming to a close and making way for 2017, we took the opportunity to  look back and reflect on what our schools, principals, teachers, and students were able to accomplish in 2016. Thanks to our hardworking educators and students, City schools have much to celebrate as we head into 2017. To commemorate our schools' collective work over the past year, we created the following short video highlighting some of our accomplishments and milestones from 2016: https://www.facebook.com/NYCschools/videos/10154344815709091/ Not bad, right? Now let's keep building on this progress! On behalf of the Department of Education, we wish the City's students,…
December 30, 2016
Equity & Excellence for AllNYC Services

NYC Libraries to Provide Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Devices to NYC Public School Families

Great news for the City's public school students and their families! Thanks to a partnership between the DOE, the White House, the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Queens Library, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), Google, and Sprint, public school families who do not have internet access at home will be able rent mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices from select City libraries for free. This is an example of the Wi-Fi hotspot devices that eligible students will be able to receive from select NYC libraries. Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots are portable devices that can provide wireless internet access to multiple electronics (i.e. phones, laptops, desktop computers, eBook…
September 30, 2016
Teach NYC

Considering a New Career? Apply for the NYC Teaching Collaborative by September 30!

As residents of New York, we know firsthand just how great our City is. Between the people, languages, cultures, food, shopping options, and infrastructure that form the City's sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, New York has something for just about everyone. But what really makes New York tick is not our skyline or the variety of dining options that are available; instead, what sets us apart is the way New Yorkers, young and old, natives and transplants alike, talk about potential. And nobody in this City symbolizes potential more than the 1.1 million students who attend the City's public schools, and right now, our…
September 28, 2016
College Access for AllEquity & Excellence for AllMoney Talk

CUNY Eliminates Application Fee for NYC’s Low-Income Students

When it comes to applying for colleges, many of our high school seniors often report that they have difficulties paying for the various application fees that many colleges and universities require during their already-pricey admissions processes. And while it is true that some students can apply for fee waivers in order to reduce and/or eliminate some of these added expenses, the fact remains that many of students have to spend their precious time and energy dealing with application fees - as if they already did not have enough to worry about during the college application process! But now, thanks to a partnership…
September 26, 2016
Equity & Excellence for AllMoney Talk

DOE Raises $20 Million for Computer Science for All

As the City works to establish and implement the various initiatives tied to the DOE's ambitious Equity & Excellence for All reforms, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña have announced that private donors have now donated over $20 million to help fund the City's Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative.  This funding, which helps support the DOE's goal of providing all City public school students with computer science instruction by 2025, regardless of school or grade level, represents about half of the $40 million that will be needed from private donors to fund this initiative. Once we reach our $40 million goal, another…
September 26, 2016
Joy of Learning

There’s No Day Quite Like the First Day of School

For all of us who attend, deal with, or work for New York City's public schools, the first day of school is the most important day of every school year. For students and parents, the first day of school represents the end of summer and the start of new daily routines both inside and outside of school. But for the City's teachers, principals, administrators, aides, and other staff members who work on behalf of the NYC Department of Education, the first day of school, or "FDOS" in DOE-speak, is not so much the "start" of something as it is the conclusion of…
September 13, 2016